GroupBoxRenderer Class

Provides methods used to render a group box control with or without visual styles. This class cannot be inherited.

Namespace: System.Windows.Forms
Assembly: System.Windows.Forms (in

public sealed class GroupBoxRenderer
public final class GroupBoxRenderer
public final class GroupBoxRenderer
Not applicable.

The GroupBoxRenderer class provides a set of static methods that can be used to render a group box control. Rendering a control refers to drawing the user interface of a control. To draw a group box, use one of the DrawGroupBox methods. These methods provide a variety of text drawing options.

If visual styles are enabled in the operating system and visual styles are applied to the current application, DrawGroupBox will draw the group box with the current visual style. Otherwise, DrawGroupBox will draw the group box with the classic Windows style. This is useful if you are drawing a custom control that should automatically match the current visual style setting of the operating system.

This class wraps the functionality of a System.Windows.Forms.VisualStyles.VisualStyleRenderer that is set to one of the elements exposed by the System.Windows.Forms.VisualStyles.VisualStyleElement.Button.GroupBox class. For more information, see Rendering Controls with Visual Styles.

Windows XP Home Edition, Windows XP Professional x64 Edition, Windows Server 2003 Platform Note: Visual styles are supported only on these platforms.

The following code example demonstrates how to create a custom control that uses the DrawGroupBox method to draw a group box with a double border if visual styles are enabled.

using System;
using System.Drawing;
using System.Windows.Forms;
using System.Windows.Forms.VisualStyles;

namespace GroupBoxRendererSample
    class Form1 : Form
        private Button button1;
        public Form1()
            : base()
            CustomGroupBox GroupBox1 = new CustomGroupBox();
            button1 = new Button();
            GroupBox1.Text = "Radio Button Display";
            this.button1.Location = new System.Drawing.Point(205, 231);
            this.button1.Size = new System.Drawing.Size(105, 23);
            this.button1.Text = "Toggle Visual Styles";
            this.button1.Click += new System.EventHandler(this.button1_Click);

            // Add some radio buttons to test the CustomGroupBox.
            int count = 8;
            RadioButton[] ButtonArray = new RadioButton[count];
            for (int i = 0; i < count; i++)
                ButtonArray[i] = new RadioButton();
                ButtonArray[i].Text = "Button " + (i + 1).ToString();

            if (Application.RenderWithVisualStyles)
                this.Text = "Visual Styles Enabled";
                this.Text = "Visual Styles Disabled";

        static void Main()
            // If you do not call EnableVisualStyles below, then 
            // GroupBoxRenderer automatically detects this and draws
            // the group box without visual styles.
            Application.Run(new Form1());

	// Match application style and toggle visual styles off
	// and on for the application.
        private void button1_Click(object sender, EventArgs e)
            GroupBoxRenderer.RenderMatchingApplicationState = true;
            Application.VisualStyleState = 
                Application.VisualStyleState ^ 

            if (Application.RenderWithVisualStyles)
                this.Text = "Visual Styles Enabled";
                this.Text = "Visual Styles Disabled";

    public class CustomGroupBox : Control
        private Rectangle innerRectangle = new Rectangle();
        private GroupBoxState state = GroupBoxState.Normal;
        private FlowLayoutPanel panel = new FlowLayoutPanel();

        public CustomGroupBox()
            : base()
            this.Size = new Size(200, 200);
            this.Location = new Point(10, 10);
            this.Text = "CustomGroupBox";
            this.Font = SystemFonts.IconTitleFont;

            innerRectangle.X = ClientRectangle.X + 5;
            innerRectangle.Y = ClientRectangle.Y + 15;
            innerRectangle.Width = ClientRectangle.Width - 10;
            innerRectangle.Height = ClientRectangle.Height - 20;

            panel.FlowDirection = FlowDirection.TopDown;
            panel.Location = new Point(innerRectangle.X + 5,
                innerRectangle.Y + 5);
            panel.Size = new Size(innerRectangle.Width - 10,
                innerRectangle.Height - 10);

        // Draw the group box in the current state.
        protected override void OnPaint(PaintEventArgs e)

            GroupBoxRenderer.DrawGroupBox(e.Graphics, ClientRectangle,
                this.Text, this.Font, state);

            // Draw an additional inner border if visual styles are enabled.
            if (Application.RenderWithVisualStyles)
                GroupBoxRenderer.DrawGroupBox(e.Graphics, innerRectangle, state);

        // Pass added controls to the internal FlowLayoutPanel.
        protected override void OnControlAdded(ControlEventArgs e)

            // Ensure that you do not add the panel itself.
            if (e.Control != this.panel)


Any public static (Shared in Visual Basic) members of this type are thread safe. Any instance members are not guaranteed to be thread safe.

Windows 98, Windows Server 2000 SP4, Windows CE, Windows Millennium Edition, Windows Mobile for Pocket PC, Windows Mobile for Smartphone, Windows Server 2003, Windows XP Media Center Edition, Windows XP Professional x64 Edition, Windows XP SP2, Windows XP Starter Edition

The Microsoft .NET Framework 3.0 is supported on Windows Vista, Microsoft Windows XP SP2, and Windows Server 2003 SP1.

.NET Framework

Supported in: 3.0, 2.0

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